Ever since Jimmer Fredette joined the Chicago Bulls in March, the hopes of him finally getting consistent playing time in the NBA had never been higher. After all, D.J. Augustin was basically playing starter’s minutes for the Bulls after being released by the Toronto Raptors earlier in the season.
However, that never happened for Fredette after being bought out by the Sacramento Kings. All that occurred was more watching and sitting on the sidelines, only this time for a different team. It wasn’t as if Fredette did anything wrong to not get any playing time. The little garbage time he would play, Fredette always stayed ready and managed to score a bucket or two with under three or four minutes left in the game.
The one and only opportunity Fredette got under head coach Tom Thibodeau was when Augustin was out due to personal reasons. On Apr. 14 against the Orlando Magic, Fredette scored 17 points in 31 minutes of play. He also shot 7-for-14 from the field and had three rebounds and two assists. That performance made many people around Chicago believe that Fredette might be able to gain some playing time during the playoffs. However, Thibodeau did not play him at all during their first round series against the Washington Wizards.
Fredette now enters free agency with a clean slate and an opportunity to find a new team. Teams such as the Magic or Los Angeles Lakers might take a flier on Fredette as they rebuild their rosters, but he could also help potential playoff teams next season. It would not be too far-fetched to see Fredette sign with a team such as the Golden State Warriors.
Throughout the season, the Warriors clearly missed the ball handling and the shot making of Jarrett Jack. Often times, they would use Jordan Crawford or Steve Blake to fill that roll, but Blake was too slow to keep up with the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Crawford, on the other hand, was too inconsistent at times with his erratic shooting and dribbling out the shot clock. A change has to be made there and Fredette would fill-in nicely.
No matter where Fredette goes this offseason, expect his sharpshooting abilities to actually find the court. Many teams would be glad to have him in their rotation even if the Bulls weren’t.